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Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 

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Angel Pagan day-to-day with calf injury
by Chris Cwik |

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is day-to-day with a calf injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pagan was replaced in the bottom of the ninth inning due to the injury. He went 2 for 5, with one run scored prior to being lifted. Pagan missed time recently due to a back injury.

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Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from neck
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from his neck recently, according to MASN.

Fister pitched Friday night with stitches on his neck. After the game, he told reporters he had skin cancer removed. Fister stressed that he was OK. Fister said the procedure had no impact on the way he pitched Friday. It doesn't seem like Fister expects the issue to keep him from pitching at this time. 

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White Sox option Eric Surkamp
by Chris Cwik |

White Sox pitcher Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Triple-A following Friday's game.

The club will wait until Saturday to make a corresponding move. Surkamp posted a 6.91 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in the majors. 

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Clint Barmes could return Monday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates infielder Clint Barmes could return to the club Monday, according to

Barmes is attempting to come back from a groin injury. He's been on a rehab assignment for a few days, and is nearing a return. Manager Clint Hurdle expressed some optimism that Barmes could be back as soon as Monday. Barmes is hitting .239 over 88 at-bats.

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Xander Bogaerts leaves after being hit in the head
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Bogaerts was hit in the head while up to bat in the fifth inning. Trainers looked at Bogaerts following the play, but he managed to stay in the game. Bogaerts actually stayed in through the following inning, but was pulled at the beginning of the seventh. He will be evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts was 0 for 1 with a strikeout before leaving the game. 

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Ryan Zimmerman to 'ramp up' throwing sessions
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman will "ramp up" his throwing sessions, according to

Zimmerman threw for the first time Thursday, and did not report any issues with his hamstring Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was "on his way" back. Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to tearing his hamstring. 

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A.J. Pollock to begin rehab again Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock will begin his rehab assignment again Tuesday, according to

Pollock will begin his assignment at Triple-A Reno. Pollock had been on a rehab assignment, but needed extra time after being hit on the same hand he broke earlier in the season. He's been out since May 31 with the injury.

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Nick Punto not ready just yet
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Nick Punto is not ready for baseball activities yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Punto is dealing with a hamstring injury, and hasn't come along as quickly as expected. He's been out since August 2 due to the issue. Punto is hitting .207 over 179 at-bats.

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Kyle Blanks to have MRI Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks will have an MRI on his feet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Blanks said both his feet have started bothering him on his rehab assignment. He's been sidelined since June 22 due to a calf injury. It doesn't look like he'll be able to join the major-league club any time soon.

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